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Current Issues in the Church

There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.

A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.

Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.

A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.

How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?

Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.

Patricia Ireland is Sick

You don’t have to be a Fox News fan to enjoy this. (The New American) The National Organization for Women has put The Little Sisters of the Poor on a list of “Dirty 100″ organizations waging legal battles against the federal mandate for contraceptive coverage in health insurance provided by employers. The designation has caused no small amount of controversy, most notably on The Kelly File on … More →

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Louisiana Diocese Tells Court Seal of Confession Can Never Be Violated

The Catholic World Report: The Diocese of Baton Rouge is protesting a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that the diocese contends requires one of its priests to violate the seal of confession. In May, the state Supreme Court ruled that a hearing be held to determine whether or not Father Jeff Bayhi heard the confession of a then-12-year-old girl who claims to have told … More →

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In Brazil, Bread and Circuses, while Lions Eat Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria

The indignation expressed by Rorate Caeli deserves to be echoed. We are not a serious people. It’s one thing to have legitimate diversions, recreations, pastimes, and hobbies. It is quite another when games of football become an obsession and “news,” especially when our Catholic brothers and sisters are being butchered by the Prophet’s fanatical minions, mostly due to the foreign policy of our own nation, … More →

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Terrorists in Central African Republic Lay Siege on Cathedral Compound

CatholicOnline: The attack in Bambari, 236 miles northeast of the capital of Bangui, came shortly before French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was expected to visit. A grenade attack had injured seven French soldiers the previous week.Church officials said fighters from the Seleka rebel movement and armed civilians from the town’s Muslim community had invaded the St. Joseph’s Cathedral around 3 p.m. More on this developing … More →

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Louisiana Supreme Court Decision Puts Seal of Confession in Jeopardy

The Times Picayune: The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner. The statement, published Monday (July 7) on the diocese’s website, said forcing such … More →

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On the Hermeneutic of Continuity

Robert De Mattei, Rorate Caeli: The ultimate criteria of judgment for a Catholic must be the one of the Church: to love and hate what the Church loves and hates: loving the truth in all of its uniqueness and integrity and hating error in all of its multiplicity of expressions. Orthodoxy and heterodoxy remain the final measure of judgment which Christian Reason must be subject to. … More →

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Papal Blasts From the Past

Leaving my apartment building last February 18, I fell on the icy front steps and broke both bones of my right forearm, the radius and ulna, about two fingers below the wrist bone. It wouldn’t be until six weeks later that I could hold a pen and another two before I began to use it. As for typing, I’m still not up to speed and … More →

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For the Record: Pope Francis on the Church

( Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on the Church, we have seen that God gathered a people to himself in the Old Testament and in the fullness of time sent his Son to establish the Church as the sacrament of unity for all humanity. God calls each of us to belong to this great family. None of us become Christians on our own; … More →

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Masons Hold Conference Lauding Vatican II, Theologians Give Speeches

Rorate Caeli: The largest and most influential Masonic organization in Italy is the Grand Orient of Italy [Grande Oriente d'Italia]. Yes, it is the very same Grand Lodge whose Grand Masters always worked for the humiliation of the Apostolic See, from the battles against Pius IX to symbolic acts of effrontery (such as Giordano Bruno’s statue in Campo de’ Fiori, a response to Leo XIII); it … More →

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Meriam Ibrahim Re-arrested at Khartoum Airport

Moslem persecution continues with a vengeance. Now they have arrested her husband and two children. NBC News: A mother who was freed from death row for refusing to renounce Christianity has been re-arrested just a day later while trying to leave Sudan, her lawyer told NBC News on Tuesday. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was “very happy” after an appeals court on Monday overturned a death sentence imposed because … More →

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Communist Authorities Say Bishop Ma Must Continue His ‘Repentance and Reflection’

UCANews: Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who has been under de facto house arrest since 2012, is to remain in detention. The influential bishop, who defied the government in July 2011 when he became the first bishop to publicly quit the state-backed Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, should continue his “repentance and reflection,” officials told clergymen and nuns attending a “learning” class last week in Shanghai. Shanghai … More →

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Italy’s Missio ad Gentes Journal Folds Due to No Mission

AsiaNews, Piero Gheddo (dean of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in Milan): This is not good news for us missionaries ad gentes and the Italian Church. The superiors of Italy’s missionary institutes have decided to end the publication of the Ad Gentes journal. Established in 1997, it was the only Italian language publication expressly dedicated to the missio ad gentes, other than those put out by individual missionary … More →

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Cardinal Zen Lashes Out Against China’s Communist Government

Never a man to mince words, Cardinal Zen urges Catholics not to “kneel down” but stand tall, maintain dignity. UCANews: Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong sharply criticized the Chinese authorities’ recently released white paper that emphasized Beijing’s total control of the special administrative region. “You (the Chinese communists) can tie me up, can take me away, chop my head off, but not … More →

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Pope Laments Childless, Rootless, and a Tired Europe Without Memory

Rorate Caeli: When the elderly are discarded, when the elderly are isolated and sometimes pass away without affection, it is a very bad sign! … A people that does not take care of its elders, that does not take care of its young people, is a people without a future, a people without hope. Because young people — children, the youth — and the elderly advance … More →

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Russia’s Eastern-Rite Catholics, Hope for True Union

Christopher Howse for The Telegraph: Vladimir Putin hardly seems a pattern of holiness, but he has aligned himself with the Orthodox Church as an institution. The Orthodox Church in Russia had a bad time of it under Soviet rule: mass executions, imprisonment in the Gulag, destruction of churches – a brutal history. Yet when the state has been friendly to the Church, the dangers have … More →

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